Weyerhaeuser Co (WY): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

Weyerhaeuser ( WY) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Weyerhaeuser fell 24 cents (-1%) to $22.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.55-$23.10 after having opened the day at $23.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.05. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 7.6%, Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), down 5.3%, J.W. Mays ( MAYS), down 4.9%, and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 4.8%.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $12.39 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.1, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 45.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, five analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 7.6%, MHI Hospitality Corporation ( MDH), up 6%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 5%, and Power REIT ( PW), up 2.7%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Capital Agency ( AGNC) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).
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